Get to know us!

Energising the community of Apollo Bay and Southern Otways on our path to 100% renewables

Our History

Southern Otways Sustainable (SOS) formed in 2018. We are a not-for-profit community group of volunteers, frustrated and motivated by the lack of government action on climate change.


SOS operates on lands of the Gadubanud, or ’King Parrot’ people, who lived for many thousands of years along the coast and forested hinterlands of the Otway Ranges. Their first recorded contact with Europeans was in 1842 and by 1846 no further contact with settlers was recorded.  Well documented massacres left perhaps only a few Gadubanud survivors escaping to nearby missions.


European settlement brought farming, fishing and forestry communities but for some decades, these communities were serviced only by boat and a treacherous Bass Strait.


The Gadubanud were known as fiercely independent and self-reliant people. Today's Otway communities are said to share this character, in part perhaps, due to the nature of the country and its climate.

Our Vision

A Southern Otways powered by 100% locally generated renewable energy

Our Projects

Our initiatives within Apollo Bay have brought us closer to attaining our vision. Explore the important work we're undertaking within the community by viewing our Projects and News pages above.

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Our Strategy

Driven by the failure of governments generally to address climate change, SOS has a 2 phase approach to reaching our vision.


Build on existing ‘Rooftop Solar’ capacity through community (Bulk Buy) programs.


Investigate ‘Beyond Rooftop Solar’ solutions (by initially developing a ‘Renewable Energy Roadmap’ with the community)

Our Partners
& Supporters

We are very thankful to our partners and supporters:

  • Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE, $5,000 in kind, technical support)

  • Colac Otway Shire  (COS, $10,000 Roadmap funding)

  • Liz Franzmann (Facilitation and Community Engagement)

  • Mondo Power (Industry guidance and support)

  • City to Surf Solar (Retail & Installation)

  • Powercor (local power data)

  • Barwon Region Alliance for Community Energy (BRACE)

  • The beautiful communities of Apollo Bay and the Southern Otways


It’s estimated Apollo Bay spends in excess of $4.5M on power, which is lost to the local economy each year, every year. This transition offers opportunities to empower our community in ways other than just the Renewable Energy goal

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SOS Treasurer

Market forces are driving a transition to renewable energy generation across the globe and falling storage costs are offering economic solutions to the intermittent nature of renewable power.

‘Micro-grids’ and ‘Virtual Power Plants’ further offer the potential for local energy trading.

Apollo Bay and its surrounds are ideally placed for this transition and with a seat at the table, we can ensure the benefits remain in our communities.

Please get in touch if you'd like to lend your support in any way - volunteering, investing in energy efficiency or renewable energy projects for your home or business, suggestions or have any questions.

SOS operates on the traditional lands of the Gadubanud and Gulidjan people of the Eastern Maar Nation.  We understand their land was never ceded and that reconciliation cannot happen without acknowledging the truth around those events. We pay our respects to all First Nation Elders past, present and those emerging.

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